In 1937, I was suffering from a severe attack of dermatitis

In 1937, I was suffering from a severe attack of dermatitis. Over a period of about twelve months I had been to three different doctors, and they had helped me to the best of their ability with various treatments without giving me any relief.

In desperation I went to see a skin specialist. Over a period of weeks I took to him various ingredients with which I came in contact in my work. He was able to prove conclusively, according to medical science, that I was allergic to flour, and that contact with flour was causing the skin infection.

At this time I was a cake manufacturer, and the specialist very kindly told me that if I had been an employee I could have gone off on Worker's Compensation, for never again would I be able to work with flour, and that if I didn't get away from it I wouldn't be able even to eat anything containing flour.

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October 14, 1972

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